2010 was one of the best years in the entire history of football, and a year which many have gone on to dub the "year of the midfielder."
Some of the best players of the year were midfielders, among them Xavi, Iniesta, Sneijder, and a number of others.
Xavi and Iniesta, both midfielders, were commended for their performances by being finalists for the 2010 Fifa Ballon d'Or. This marked the first time in five years that the three-player shortlist contained at least two midfielders.
But make no mistake, midfielders have always been an important part of the game. They link the defense with the attack, and try to provide a little of both to the team. Sometimes they are the engine of a team, and sometimes they are that extra little creative spark.
Let's take a look at the 10 players who have earned their title as some of the world's best.